1. Investor Matt Drapkin Shakes Up Small Companies

    Investor Matt Drapkin Shakes Up Small Companies

    Activist investor Matt Drapkin practices big-stick diplomacy in the small-company world. When he sees management teams destroying shareholder value at what should be profitable companies, Drapkin asks for a seat on the board of directors—nicely, at first.

    “There is an if-you-don’t path,” says Drapkin, 44, founding CEO of hedge fund shop Northern Right Capital Management. “It’s more hostile and aggressive and I’d prefer not to go down...

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